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The ocean renewable energy industry is approaching the finish line for the siting of projects such as wind or wave energy devices in Oregon’s nearshore ocean. After years of planning and multiple rounds of legislation for the placement of renewable energy projects in Oregon’s ocean waters, the Department of State Lands (DSL) has now begun the home stretch rule-making effort to establish a process for siting these projects. While many research and other energy projects have found a way to experiment in our waters in the meantime, this final process will establish the path for the energy industry more broadly.
Each El Nino year that passes, the Oregon coast, most importantly our beaches and dunes, suffer increased susceptibility to storm activity and erosion. Dune and cliff erosion, when in concert with coastal development are too often met with Trump-like wall building solutions (a.k.a “coastal armoring”) to hold back mother nature, but can rob the public’s beaches of sand and potentially access to the beach altogether. On the hand, where sand leaves one location it often piles in another, eliciting equal responses of dune grading and sand-removal, often without a permit. These combined actions and responses to erosion are not only contrary to Oregon’s famed Beach Bill, but they threaten the very existence of our beaches. From 2013-2015, Oregon state agencies worked with a NOAA Coastal Fellow to perform an inventory of coastal armoring along our coast and analysis of the current and potential future policies for managing our beaches and dunes.
Researchers and community groups are teaming up on a new project along our coast to help monitor pH for detecting and characterizing the progression of ocean acidification in Oregon’s Marine Reserves. The collaboration, spearheaded by Oregon State University (OSU) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), is teaming up with marine reserve community groups up and down the coast, including Surfrider’s Newport Chapter, to not only fill geographic gaps in scientific monitoring, but to also engage citizens in making measurements in their local coastal ecosystems to better understand this complex issue.
There’s tons of fun to be had in the area, read on for insider info on the best spots to surf, paddle, hike and eat!
We’re excited to announce that this year’s annual Surfrider Cascadia Chapter Conference will be held in Newport, OR, a spectacular and special place to gather and share some Surfrider stoke! The 2016 conference, held August 26-28th, will offer a wide range of presentations and break-out sessions led by chapters and Surfrider staff on current campaigns, programs, important issues, and organizational best practices. (Scroll down for a full draft conference program + Field Trip details) Our goal is that attending activists will bring back new skills & fresh ideas to their chapters! There will be plenty of time for the enjoyment aspect of our mission too!
Traveling to the coast this weekend for the 4th? NOAA’s Marine Debris Program recently posted a great blog post on keeping “land of the free, free from debris”, and we’ll hope you’ll abide this holiday weekend…be a bro, not a schmo! Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the 4th, but they can also have unintended consequences in the marine environment and sensitive ecological areas. From noise disturbance to toxins from firework debris, our oceans and fireworks don’t exactly mix. Go have fun on the 4th, and if you plan to light it up, here’s a few things to keep in mind: